These small fragments
of glass probably came from a drinking beaker. They were found during excavations carried out at Caerlaverock Castle in the late 1990s. The Arabic inscription includes part of the word ‘eternal’. This suggests that it could be an extract from the Qur’an. The glass dates to the 12th or 13th century, and may have been made in modern-day Syria, or Iraq or Egypt. All were centres of Islamic glass making during this period.